History Literature / LetTheRightOneIn

1st Aug '17 8:26:17 PM stuffedninja
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''Låt den rätte komma in'' ('''''Let The Right One In''''') is a 2004 horror novel by [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who adapted his story for the 2008 film version. It's the story of Oskar, a 12-year-old boy who is being bullied at school. One night, he meets Eli, a girl who just moved in next door with her dad. However, Eli isn't affected by the cold and hates daylight, and it's quickly shown that her "dad" kills people and drains their blood to feed her. As Oskar befriends Eli and more people go missing, suspicions are raised.

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''Låt den rätte komma in'' ('''''Let (''Let The Right One In''''') In'') is a 2004 horror novel by [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who adapted his story for the 2008 film version. It's the story of Oskar, a 12-year-old boy who is being bullied at school. One night, he meets Eli, a girl who just moved in next door with her dad. However, Eli isn't affected by the cold and hates daylight, and it's quickly shown that her "dad" kills people and drains their blood to feed her. As Oskar befriends Eli and more people go missing, suspicions are raised.



An English-language remake directed by Matt Reeves (of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' fame) and starring Creator/ChloeMoretz (''{{Film/Kickass}}'') and Kodi Smit-[=McPhee=] (''Film/TheRoad'') was produced by ''the'' Film/{{Hammer|Horror}} and released in October 2010 under the title '''''Let Me In'''''. Reeves used Lindqvist's original screenplay as the basis for his version, but Americanized most of the character names, replacing "Eli" with "Abby", and "Oskar" with "Owen." Although reception was divided (some found it faithful, others found it derivative), [[ApprovalOfGod Lindqvist was reportedly very happy with the remake]].

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An English-language remake directed by Matt Reeves (of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' fame) and starring Creator/ChloeMoretz (''{{Film/Kickass}}'') and Kodi Smit-[=McPhee=] (''Film/TheRoad'') was produced by ''the'' Film/{{Hammer|Horror}} and released in October 2010 under the title '''''Let ''Let Me In'''''.In''. Reeves used Lindqvist's original screenplay as the basis for his version, but Americanized most of the character names, replacing "Eli" with "Abby", and "Oskar" with "Owen." Although reception was divided (some found it faithful, others found it derivative), [[ApprovalOfGod Lindqvist was reportedly very happy with the remake]].
14th Jul '17 3:07:46 PM valhallaerikson
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* VillainProtagonist: Calling either Eli or Oskar good guys would be debatable.
15th Jun '17 7:12:29 PM Animeking1108
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* DeathByAdaptation: In the book, Eli only killed [[spoiler: Conny and Jimmy]]. In the movie, she killed [[spoiler: all but one of the bullies]], and in the remake, [[spoiler: she kills all of them, including the reluctant one]].


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*** Subverted in the novel, where Conny (called "[[AdaptationNameChange Jonny]]") actually leaves Oskar alone after he stands up to him, but the final straw was when Oskar burned a photo of his father and set his desk on fire.
27th Apr '17 6:48:48 PM Taskmaster123
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* PayEvilUntoEvil: The bullies deserved ''everything'' Eli did to them, and it wasn't pretty. They went to the pool with the intention of either mutilating or drowning Oskar. They had no idea they'd never leave.
20th Apr '17 4:36:46 PM to-trope-or-not-to-trope
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler:Eli's genitals are completely missing. In the novel, the vampire who bit them also chopped off all their male parts, making them... well, it's hard to say. It's not clear whether Eli really thinks that makes them female, or is just more comfortable as a girl. All this is made much clearer in the book.]]

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler:Eli's genitals are completely missing. In the novel, the vampire who bit them him/her also chopped off all their his/her male parts, making them...him/her... well, it's hard to say. It's not clear whether Eli really thinks that makes them him/her female, or is just more comfortable as a girl. All this is made much clearer in the book.]]
20th Feb '17 12:38:42 PM Glim
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* UndeadBarefooter: Eli/Abby tends to go barefoot even in snow; that's one of the first signs that there's something weird about her.
3rd Jan '17 2:12:46 PM ImaginaryTalkingRabbit
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* TransEqualsGay: [[spoiler: Considering Eli and Oskar's relationship a QueerRomance is contingent on accepting this trope's claim as well. Granted, claiming that Eli is "trans" is also highly dubious at best, since he didn't exactly ''choose'' to have a sex change operation...]]
24th Oct '16 8:11:58 PM DeepRecon
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* WouldntHurtAChild: Or rather ''Couldn't'' Hurt a Child. [[spoiler: Lacke wanted to kill Eli after she killed his best friend Jocke and caused his girlfriend Virginia's death, but when poised to actually kill her with a knife while she slept, he couldn't bring himself to use it on someone who at least ''looked'' so much like a child.]]
14th Oct '16 10:29:24 PM RedGuardRonnie
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** Actually, the slit-pupils are a stock feature of vampires (and non- or quasi-human baddies) since time immemorial, and the having to be invited in a faithful rendition of pre-film and pre-Gothic-novel vampire folklore that the English-language vampire tradition dropped by the wayside.
15th Sep '16 7:02:35 PM mirisu92
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** The story's set in TheEighties, and in those days tobacco may have had less of a bad reputation—more so given it's chewing tobacco, which still doesn't carry the same stigma as cigarette smoking.
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